Open Connections

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Opportunities to Give

Opportunities to give come in different forms.


If you would like to enhance and extend the work of Open Connections--such as making it possible for more low and moderate income families to attend our programs, or by enriching our environment with donations of equipment or supplies to be used by our young people--we would be most happy to hear from you.


There are specific ways already set up to receive your support.  Please

feel free to make you choice(s) from the list below, or you may contact us at or by calling 610-459-3366.  We will be happy to answer any of your questions and thank you, in advance, for your desire to help.

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Wish List       

We are always in need of:

  • Wood for Woodshop (soft wood like pine is particularly useful)
  • Old or new hardware (knobs, hinges, handles) for both Woodshops.
  • Mechanical items to take apart (think bathroom scales, engines, typewriters)
  • Legos
  • 1/4” thick plastic (Lucite) sheets


Items can be brought to the Office at Open Connections.  Thank you for keeping us in mind when you are cleaning out!

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Pathways to Giving

Financial Funds Explained:

  • Annual Giving Fund:
    • General Operating Expenses: help pay the bills (electricity, salaries, program materials, etc) **
    • Financial Aid: helps pay program fees for individual families for the upcoming program year.
  • Sustainability Fund: helps pay program fees for individual families in future years. We are in the process of building a $3 Million fund of investments which will feed the Financial Aid Fund annually from its generated interest.


** NOTE: At the current time, ALL contributions to Annual Giving are doubled by the Wyncote Foundation.


Ways to Donate:

  • Sustaining Supporters: Become a Sustaining Supporter and have your donation automatically processed monthly, semi-annually, annually (click here to Donate Online  and become a Sustaining Supporter).
  • Corporate Matching Gifts: Please check with your employer to see if your donation can be doubled through their matching gifts program.
  • Planned Giving: If you would like to include us in your will, please contact us to discuss it.


If you wish to send your contribution through the postal service please address your contribution to Open Connections, Inc., 1616 Delchester Road, Newtown Square, PA, 19073. 


If you have any questions or would like to have a conversation about how best to support OC, please contact our Development Committee, at or by calling 610-459-3366 to leave a message.  Thank you, in advance, for your desire to help!

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    2019-20 Annual Giving Letter

    Dear Friend,


    My name is Evelyn Lawrie, and I am a member of the Shaping Your Life program at Open Connections. This is my last year at OC, as I will graduate high school in the spring and head off to college next fall. I have been at OC since I was five years old and have grown up within this community. Ever since I first stepped foot on campus, I have felt nothing but welcomed and supported by my OC Facilitators and peers; OC feels like a second home to me.


     I am incredibly grateful to OC for all that it has taught me. From a young age, OC’s values of inclusion, responsibility, and freedom have had a great impact on me. The skills that OC nurtures are unique and incredibly valuable, and you will never find a place like OC anywhere else. By giving me the tools and guidance to succeed as a homeschooler, I have been able to thrive in this self-directed environment and feel passion to learn and create. The guidance provided by OC and its Facilitators have been invaluable to me, especially as I navigate my senior year and the college application process. OC’s holistic educational approach has afforded me experiences that will prove useful throughout college and the rest of my life. Learning how to be kind to myself and others, or to be able to work successfully in a group, are two such examples. OC has shaped me into the person I am today and the skills that I have learned here will stay with me forever.


     OC is a unique learning environment that impacts us all in different ways. It would impact OC in such a positive way if you could make a donation, in any amount, to this year’s Annual Giving. Personally, I feel lucky to have grown up with OC. I see the value in non-traditional learning, and I care deeply about the community and philosophy that OC provides. OC has given us all so much, and we would love it if you would be willing to give back. You may even consider becoming a Sustaining Supporter by setting up an automatic, recurring donation, which will simplify the process for you and for OC. Don't forget that ALL donations will be doubled by The Wyncote Foundation, making your impact even greater! Also, please check with your employer regarding their corporate matching program; if they match your gift to OC it would quadruple your donation! 


     We appreciate your support for OC and contribution to this community, regardless of whether or not you decide to make a donation. If you do wish to donate, please use the envelope provided and mark any boxes that apply. Or you can contribute online by visiting Thanks again for your support.


    With appreciation    


    Evelyn, Lawrie, OC Teen

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At OC, people really care about each other; in fact, at the beginning of each day, we have a gathering called Check-in where we hear about everyone’s week. At the end of the OC day, we have Appreciations, where we talk about things that we liked about our time at OC that day. OC is a place that not only values personal experiences, but also sharing them with others. It generates a very open and honest environment where people feel that they can talk about themselves.  ~ OC Teen